Expert review of the Oculus Rift S
Oculus Rift S
- With a powerful PC, the VR headset shows beautiful images.
- The fantastic Oculus Touch controllers add to the experience.
- Lots of free and paid games in the Oculus Store.
- The Oculus Rift S works via the PC, so the headset is wired.
- You need a powerful video card (GTX 1060) to get started with the Rift S.
- The viewing angle is somewhat limited, so you still have the feeling that you're watching through the headset.
Wired headset and heavy system requirements
The Oculus Rift S is a VR headset that you connect to the PC. You download games via the PC. This makes the headset a lot less mobile than, for example, the Oculus Quest. The quality of the images is much better, since most of the calculations are done by the PC. This means that the system requirements are quite demanding. You need at least an NVIDIA GTX 1060 video card. You connect the headset via a USB-A port and a DisplayPort.
The Oculus Rift S comes with 2 Oculus Touch controllers, which look futuristic. Thanks to the circle on top of the controllers, it may seem like using the controls is clumsy or difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth, because the controllers quickly feel familiar. The controllers don't indicate which is for the left and which is for the right hand. This leads to confusion a number of times. These are some details. Time to put the Rift S on my head.
VR is no longer a gimmick
I start the Oculus First Steps game and put the headset on my head. I'm pleasantly surprised when the introductory level appears in sight. The quality of virtual reality headsets has increased enormously. I still experienced motion sickness with older VR headsets, but that feeling is completely gone. I can't believe my eyes. And because it's virtual reality, you're in the middle of it. Even if you bend over, jump, or look back, virtual reality is really everywhere.
The Oculus Touch controllers are fantastic
The Touch Controllers are explained in the game Oculus: First Steps. That's really an experience in itself, because as soon as I take my index finger off the controller it's also out in the game. It feels so true to nature that I pick up a virtual table tennis bat and hit a ball without any problem a bit later. I also throw paper airplanes and dance with a robot. The Touch controllers are always important and never disappoint.
Games and viewing angles
I play different games from the Oculus store and each one is more beautiful than the other. For example, I float through space and knock away Tetris-like blocks. The only downside is the viewing angle of the Oculus Rift S. You still feel like you're looking through the headset. But what you see is often fantastic. Thanks to the Oculus Store, you also have a wide range of free and paid games, which extends the durability of the Rift S.
The Oculus Rift S shows that virtual reality is no longer a gimmick. If your PC can handle it, it takes you to a world that makes you forget that you're just standing in your living room at times. The Oculus Touch controllers are very important for this experience, because they quickly feel like a natural extension of your own hands. The biggest downside remains the viewing angle, which is still a bit limited. But don't let that stop you.